...that a B-cup gal will never understand... ;-)
That being said, I knew I would have to work hard to make this swap partner happy.
So, here it is all packed up and ready to go. My partner collects pewter figurines...which is great since Boston has a long history of pewter production. A little vintage shopping and voila! A Bouef Gras, or fattened bull...the traditional symbol of Mardi Gras.
The buttons were so special I designed a pair of gloves to feature them...fingerless, of course, so as to be able to catch throws. The yarn was malabrigo. I like them...they have a sort of steam-punk look.
The most fun find, was this...
a drop spindle kit with alpaca roving in Purple, green, and gold. I had no idea such a thing existed, but as my partner listed it, I've learned. Apparently, one can spin yarn with a tool as simple and primitive (AND portable) as this! If you're interested, HERE are some instructions on how to utilize this marvelously simple tool.
Topping it all off was a box of miniature coffee cups from our local chocolatier, Serenade., and a lovely pair of petite sewing scissors in MG gold.
...and not a bead in sight! Hope she enjoys her package as much as I enjoyed gathering it!
[For those of you who are not on Ravelry yet, let me explain the notion of the Swap. An online group will give your name and address to another participant and you will receive a name and address in return (these may or not be the same people). Generally speaking, a swap has a theme and one can pick and chose the swap theme of choice. As I lived in New Orleans for 15 years and have a deep-seated love for everything Mardi Gras, I participate in a MG swap each year.]
HERE is a link to the pattern for my Striped Fingerless Gloves.